RELIGIOUS ALLUSION AND ICONOGRAPHY IN SADAT’S SPEECH
HOW IT CREATES EFFECT
‘Peace and the mercy of God Almighty be upon you…’
This opens the speech with a soft and sincere tone that establishes Sadat’s sincerity
‘We all on this land, the land of God…we all, Muslims, Christians and Jews, worship God and no-one but God’
Encompasses all religions in the ME to indicate their commonalities and that together they worship the same God.
‘…infallibility is the prerogative of God alone’
Sadat underlines that only God is blame free and unable to make mistakes. In doing so he forces his audience to acknowledge that all humans are flawed.
‘Islamic…Feast of Sacrifice when Abraham…submitted to God…not out of weakness, but through a giant spiritual force and …a free will’
Icon of Abraham (father of all nations);
The use of this example reflects the coincidence on the timing of the day on which he speaks and that submitting to peace is not a sign of weakness but rather of huge spiritual strength.
Proverbs of Solomon:
‘Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil; but to the counsellors of peace is joy’.
Solomon – wisest man in Bible,
The proverb (a story that illustrates a life example) explains that people who seek peace will find joy and happiness in their lives rather than hatred and unhappiness.
Psalms of David:
Psalms are songs of praise:
‘…draw me not away with the wicked…which speak peace with their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts…give them according to the deeds’
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